Line Avenue homicide investigation continues
Watch your surroundings “... because anywhere in Shreveport you are not safe,” councilman warns
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — There’s a bullet hole in the side of the Fire Station 7 building.
There also are bullet holes in a bus stop bench nearby.
And the fatal shooting Wednesday evening on Line Avenue in the area of Wilkinson Street and Robinson Place had many people looking around their homes and vehicles for bullet holes.
It happened on one of the busiest streets in Shreveport and at one of the busiest times of day.
Some neighbors thought it was a traffic accident ... until they saw the condition of one of the cars.
A businessman who happened to take that day off work said it didn’t scare him “but I think it kind of comes too close to home.”
“I was playing golf and didn’t hear about the shooting until I watched the news. This kind of thing doesn’t happen on Line Avenue, said Herb Miller, whose office window faces the four-lane street.
He said he is not fearful that another incident like this could happen near his business. And other people in the area told KSLA News 12′s Kenley Hargett that they are not allowing violence to determine where or how they live their lives.
Taylor Bowers, 28, of Shreveport, died when he was shot several times Wednesday evening in the 2600 block of Line Avenue, authorities have said. Another person remains in the hospital in the wake of the shooting involving two vehicles in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood.
“It’s scary,” said District D Councilman Grayson Boucher, who chairs the city’s public safety committee. “I just tell all of our citizens that they need to be vigilant and watch their surroundings because anywhere in Shreveport you are not safe.”
Boucher said he spoke with Police Chief Ben Raymond about the homicide Wednesday. “I told him this is rush hour and what about the collateral damage we could have had at rush hour?”
Authorities urge anyone who has cellphone or surveillance camera video or any information about this homicide to call Shreveport police at (318) 673-7300.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of those responsible for this crime.
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